Systematic Innovation in Process Engineering: Linking TRIZ and Process Intensification

  • Pavel LivotovEmail author
  • Arun Prasad Chandra Sekaran
  • Richard Law
  • Mas’udah
  • David Reay


The research work analyses the relationship of 155 Process Intensification (PI) technologies to the components of the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ). It outlines TRIZ inventive principles frequently used in PI, and identifies opportunities for enhancing systematic innovation in process engineering by applying complementary TRIZ and PI. The study also proposes 70 additional inventive TRIZ sub-principles for the problems frequently encountered in process engineering, resulting in the advanced set of 160 inventive operators, assigned to the 40 TRIZ inventive principles. Finally, we analyse and discuss inventive principles used in 150 patent documents published in the last decade in the field of solid handling in the ceramic and pharmaceutical industries.



The authors wish to thank the European Commission for supporting their work as part of the research project “Intensified by Design® platform for the intensification of processes involving solids handling” within international consortium under H2020 SPIRE programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavel Livotov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Arun Prasad Chandra Sekaran
    • 1
  • Richard Law
    • 2
  • Mas’udah
    • 1
  • David Reay
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical and Process Engineering, Laboratory for Product and Process InnovationOffenburg University of Applied SciencesOffenburgGermany
  2. 2.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  3. 3.David Reay & AssociatesNewcastle upon TyneUK

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